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The Department has its origins in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, which was formed in 1994 in response to a national initiative to strengthen support for teaching and research in IT. The Department of Artificial Intelligence, together with the Department of Computer Science, emerged as separate entities as part of the restructuring associated with the creation of the Faculty of ICT in 2007.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is  concerned with getting machines to behave humanly: to solve complex, ill-specified problems; to learn and discover on the basis of experience; to perceive, to interpret, to classify, to speak, to hear, to hold conversations in English or Maltese. In short, AI studies the general problem of building intelligent artifacts that demonstrate human-like competence in determined areas. The boundary between AI and Computer Science tends to be fluid. There are areas – knowledge representation or data interpretation come to mind – which are thoroughly interdisciplinary. This is as it should be, since when AI discovers a new problem, it looks to Computer Science to extend the tools out of which solutions might be built.


The AI Department conducts undergraduate teaching in close cooperation with other departments. At Masters level, it also participates in teaching and supervision for the MSc AI by dissertation and the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Human Language Science and Technology. 


The Department has research interests in such areas as
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • Adaptive Systems
  • Augmented Reality
  • Big Data
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cognitive Systems
  • eLearning
  • Human Language and SpeechTechnology
  • Visual and Audio Data Interpretation
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Search Engine Technology
  • Search and Optimisation
  • Semantic Web/Internet Technologies
  • Simulation and Visualisation
  • Sound and Music Synthesis
  • Virtual Reality

Besides running thematic research groups in some of these areas, it also participates in a number of nationally and internationally funded research projects whose descriptions appear in the research section of this Departmental website.
Last Updated: 16 April 2019

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